LUBBOCK, TX – Baylor Athletics wrapped up the 2022 Big 12 Outdoor Athletics Championships on Sunday at the Fuller Track and Field Facility.
It was a 400 meter hurdles sweep for green and gold in both men’s and women’s events, as Nathanael Ezekiel and Gonse Morake won their respective races. Ezekiel clocked a personal best 48.42 seconds to regain the national top spot in the 400 hurdles. Jayson Baldridge followed in fourth place with a run of 50.08 seconds. Morake won the women’s 400m hurdles by more than two seconds with a personal best 56.19 seconds. Jasmine Gryne finished seventh after 1:03.48.
The Bears were back with a 4×400-meter relay sweep, this time highlighted by a three-second program record for the women’s group. Mariah Ayers, Francois KaviaMorake and Imaobong Uko recorded a national top-8 mark in 3:26.92, becoming the first Baylor relay team to break the 3:30 mark since meeting the NCAA Championship in 2009. For men, Hasani Barr, Matthew MoorerBaldridge and Dillon Bedell hit 3:02.73 to win his edition of the 4×400 meters relay.
Aaliyah Miller added the No. 8 title to his storied career as the Baylor Bear with a victory in the 800 meters. His competition record of 2:02.31 is the best so far this season and secured him victory by more than a second.
The men’s and women’s teams finished their editions of the sprint hurdles in second and third place, with Ackera Nugent leading the Baylor women. Nugent’s mark of 12.45 in the 100-meter hurdles is a personal best and currently ranks her third in the nation, behind only first-place winner Demisha Roswell of Texas Tech (12.44) and Alia Armstrong of LSU. Alexis Ducan followed in the bronze medal position, finishing with a season best 12.93.
For men, elie morris finished in that silver medal position, after his 13.51-second run that marked a new personal best, as well as the current national mark of No. 10. Johnny Brackins followed closely, just a day after his long jump championship, to finish in 13.62 seconds with a bronze medal.
Isaiah Cunningham clocked an impressive sub-10 time in the 100 meters, finishing with a blistering 9.97 for a silver medal. Cunningham is just the sixth student-athlete in Division I competition this season to break that 10-second mark, and only the second Bear to do so in program history alongside Trayvon Bromell in 2015.
After breaking the 100 meter program record on Saturday, Caira Pettway matched his PR mark of 11.06 to finish in fifth place. Sydney-Washington finished in sixth place with a new PR mark of 11.27 seconds.
Francis became the fastest quarter mile in program history on Sunday night, finishing the race in 51.15 seconds. The previous program record of 51.22 was set by Kiana Horton during the 2018 Big 12 Championship held at Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium. While that mark earned Francis fourth place in the competition, Uko was close behind in fifth place with a PR of 51.24.
The women’s 4×100 meters relay team of Nugent, Pettway, Washington and Ayers secured the bronze medal after finishing in 43.65 seconds in the event, fast enough to establish a new No. 3 spot on the list of all time in the program. Shortly after, the men came out fast to break the program record with a mark of 38.96 and finish fifth in the event. The quartet of Laurent ColbertCunningham, Kamden Jackson and De’montray Callis broke the record of 38.98 which stood for 32 years.
All four Bears who competed in the 200 meters set new personal bests. On the women’s side, Ayers ran a 22.71, followed by Francis 22.91. On the men’s side, Colbert reached the finish in 20.27, while Callis was just behind in 20.38.
Koi Johnson established a PR in the triple jump with a mark of 44-2 ½ that was good enough for fourth place in the event. But, with a wind reading of 5.5m/s, that doesn’t count toward world, NCAA, or program records.
Dillon Bedell ran a 45.72 second race in the 400 meters to finish in fifth place with a new personal best. In the pole vault, Ben Conacher also finished fifth after posting a season-high 17-1 success.
Baylor ends the Big 12 Championships with the men and women finishing fourth. For their best result since 2015, the men recorded 86 points, while the women got 92.
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7 – Total number of Big 12 championships won by the Baylor Bears.
Michael Ford on the performance of the team…
“I’m so proud of the coaches, the student-athletes, and the coaches. It was truly a team effort this weekend. We had so many personal bests and Big 12 champions, and overall, so many great performances that snowballed over the 4×400 relays. Happy, but exhausted, and looking forward to regionals.”